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[New App] News+, From Developer Of gReader, Hits The Play Store With Loads Of Features And Multi-Service Support

We’re coming up on the 6-month anniversary of the shutdown of Google Reader; and while some people might still be a little jaded about losing the beloved service, most have moved on to one of the many alternatives that popped up to replace it. Several great feed aggregators exist, many offering innovative improvements over Reader, but their mobile apps may not fit your needs. The developer of gReader, noinnion, intends to solve that with the release of News+, a feature-rich and very customizable news reader app with support for several services.

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[New App] LEGO Makes Building Instructions Available In The Play Store, But You Need An Old Tablet To View Them

LEGO licenses out a new video game every other week these days, but let us not forget that this brand still consists of more than adorable animated characters acting out our favorite movie scenes. These are building blocks, and if you still want to spend hours meticulously crafting a plastic masterpiece at home, LEGO is just as eager as ever to make that happen. The company has now provided instructions for building the LEGO TECHNIC Hot Rod or Rally Racer in a convenient, and free, app format.

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[New Game] Sony Launches Ratchet And Clank: Before The Nexus, An Infinitely Running Companion To The Recent PlayStation 3 Platformer

The Ratchet and Clank series has been around for over a decade now, spawning one hit platformer after another. Stars Ratchet and Clank have appeared in multiple racing games and thrown a few punches in the fighting game, PlayStation All-Stars Battle Royale, but there's one genre that they have yet to appear in, one that's nearly a requisite these days - an infinite runner. Sony's latest mobile release, Ratchet and Clank: Before the Nexus, addresses this issue head-on.

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Friday App And Game Sales: Anomaly 2, Moon+ Reader Pro, Sword & Sworcery, And Lots More

Sometimes the app sale gods see fit to bestow fabulous riches upon us for no good reason. Other times we need to sacrifice a villager or two to get the ball rolling. No point in wondering who got sacrificed to what right now. The important thing is there are a ton of app and game sales going on.

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[New Game] Dirk The Daring And His Animated Cutscenes Return To The Play Store In Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp

If you couldn't get enough of Dirk and Daphne from the original Dragon's Lair, they're back in the arcade sequel. Dragon's Lair 2 was originally released back in 1991 on arcade laserdisc machines, enabling the beautiful 2D art from master animator Don Bluth to shine through. Dragon's Lair 2: Time Warp is five dollars on the Play Store (the same price as the original) and is compatible with Android 1.5 and up.

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[Bonus Round] Record of Agarest War, MIMPI, Cyto's Puzzle Adventure, Skateboard Party 2, And Disney Hidden Worlds

Welcome to the latest entry in our Bonus Round series, wherein we tell you all about the new Android games of the day that we couldn't get to during our regular news rounds. Consider this a quick update for the dedicated gamers who can't wait for our bi-weekly roundups, and don't want to wade through a whole day's worth of news just to get their pixelated fix. Today we've got an old-school tactical RPG, a platformer with a Fine Arts degree, a microscopic casual game, a Tony Hawk wannabe, and an imitation Disney princess.

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Surprise: Google Doesn't Like ROM Manager Cutting It Out Of IAP Profits, Removes Koush's App From Play Store

Google removed the extremely popular app ROM Manager from the Play Store today for violation of the Google Play Developer Program Policies, specifically the subsection regarding in-app purchases, which requires developers to use Google's in-app billing system.

Koush, the developer of ROM Manager, had until now offered as an option (alongside the Google IAP system) upgrades to ROM Manager Premium from inside the free ROM Manager app using PayPal (or as a license on the Play Store), which pretty blatantly violates the policy in question.

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Swype Updated To Version 1.6.5 With 'Significant' Speed Improvements For Tap Typing, Fixed KitKat Compatibility, And More

Swype pioneered the use of gestures to enter words into our mobile devices, a feature that competitors have since picked up, including the keyboard that now ships pre-installed on Google's Nexus devices. Yet while Swype remains a champ at forming words out of our illegible squiggles, it hasn't been the fastest option for manually typing out words the old fashioned way. Now the app has received an update that the team promises significantly improves tap input.

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[New App] Comcast Releases XFINITY TV X1 Remote With Voice Commands For Controlling Its Latest X1 Platform Boxes

The concept of using your smartphone as a remote isn't a new one. Modern flagship devices such as the Galaxy S4, HTC One, and LG G2 all have built-in IR blasters and ship with pre-installed apps for controlling your TV. The Play Store even has a few downloadable options with more features. Now Comcast is rolling out a remote of its own intended specifically to control its new generation of XFINITY boxes.

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[New Game] Go West, Young Man: Grand Theft Auto San Andreas Hits The Play Store For $6.99

We've already cruised through Liberty City and significantly lowered property values in Vice City, now it's time for a west coast vacation in San Andreas. The third Grand Theft Auto game of the PlayStation 2 era just landed on the Play Store in its blocky, polygonal, sandbox glory, and you can pick it up for a cool $6.99. No in-app purchases, no time-outs, just good old-fashioned Rockstar madness.

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San Andreas takes the GTA action to California with a huge, fictional city amalgamating Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Las Vegas, and some rural backcountry that hadn't been seen in the series up to that point.

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